Aimed at bringing interested people out of the woodwork, starting a conversation that will last in Bath University for years to come!
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Mary HaydenMary Hayden is currently the Head of the Education Department at the University of Bath and Director of the Centre for the study of Education in an International Context (CEIC). She has been actively involved in the development of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, one of the first international education high school diplomas, and has taken an active research and professional interest in international education schools such as the United World College project.
Andrea PolliAndrea Polli is a physiotherapist, an academic and generally someone who is driven by research in the human body. He was Born in Florence, where he later studied physiotherapy. He then moved to London where he read an MSc in the science and society of Pain, at Kings College London. He now works, with an unfailing sense of humour and inquisitive perception, at the San Camillo hospital in Venice, which specialises in neuroscience. He is currently conducting some clinical research on pain in post-stroke and Parkinson patients. He is fascinated by the brain and the nervous system, ever seeking to decipher pain mechanisms. You can often hear him say, in the corridors or over a drink, "Pain is the disease!".
Andrea LatinoAndrea Latino is an international relations student. Passionate about innovation and technology since his childhood, and increasingly worried by the lack of digital skills of his peers - and by the unconsciousness of the possibility granted to the new generations through the Internet - he launched a non profit project called "GSE - Green Geek School Education". Starting from a little town near Milan in 2011, right in his twenties, he rapidly involved over 2800 students all around Italy, with energizing and thoughtful speeches about start-ups, smart cities, net neutrality, the exercise of political rights via social media and many others net-related subjects. A few months later, the project was included in the 10 most voted ideas of ADI, the Italian Government Public Consultation for the Digital Agenda.
James Munro BoonJames Munro Boon is a 6th year M Arch architecture student who, on his many travels, founded Elephant Branded, becoming a successful entrepreneur and named Google's Zeitgeist Young Mind of 2012. Elephant Branded bags are ethically handmade by local village cooperatives out of recycled materials, which aims to get people out of poverty by benefiting the local community and giving people the skills to earn a decent wage. For every Bag sold, school kit is donated back to a child in Africa or Asia.
Tony GibbingsTony has lived and worked with people with learning disabilities for more than 30 years, both in L'Arche communities in the UK and France and in local government social services, with intervals of study and a period of work in a large wholefood company, trading internationally. He is currently Community Leader of L'Arche in Ipswich, U.K.
Louis PortalLouis is a musician, a thinker and a seeker. With no nationality that describes him more than simply European, he is now living in The Hague where he studies jazz drums at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. I am a firm believer in there being one truth; that everything that is, works within the natural law/s of that truth; that learning about this truth experientially, externally and internally, is how we can fulfill our potential as Universal beings; that we are Universal beings; that 'God' is a personification of this extremely complex and incomparably intelligent system in which we exist; That this system is in essence, One; and that we are insects in a puddle, trying to come to terms with the concept of the sea.
James WilcoxJames Willcox is the Founder of Untamed Borders Ltd, a travel company specialising in travel to south and central Asia. James guides a number of trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan each year. He arranges travel and logistics for documentary makers, photographers, researchers and tourists to many off beat destinations including Chechnya and Mogadishu as well as ski trips to Afghanistan. He organised the first ever commercial ski trip to Afghanistan as well as the first organised trip in Mogadishu, Somalia, after years of it being inaccessible to travellers. Afghanistan is however is first love and what keeps driving him to encourage tourism. In between his travels, he resides in Holland, though you will most likely find in between countries, or figuring out how much it costs to hire a tank in Russia, a horse in Afghanistan, bullets in India and other logistics.
Tim AdlamTim Adlam is a senior research engineer at BIME. His research interests are in technology to support the early development of children and in technology to support personhood, self-expression and good living for people with disabilities. He has particular expertise in seating for severely disabled children and assisted living technology for people with dementia. Tim is an enthusiastic and creative problem solver with wide ranging experience of working with many different people and clinical disciplines including paediatrics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, orthopaedics and gynaecology. Tim is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and Clinical Scientist. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.
Andrew LambAndrew has been Chief Executive of Engineers Without Borders UK for just over four years, a job he started having won one of the first Vodafone Foundation ‘World of Difference’ awards. He has worked for UNESCO as the Technical Editor of the first global report on Engineering – the ‘UNESCO Engineering Report’. He has worked in the disaster relief sector with UK charity RedR, including a short stint leading their office in Nairobi, and is now a member of their board. He is a director of the Appropedia Foundation, which runs a community wiki for appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions. He is a co-founder and now a board member for the Humanitarian Centre in Cambridge, and has worked as a Visiting Lecturer for engineering schools campaigns with EngineeringUK. At university, Andrew was selected for the University of Cambridge Talent list – a list of the top 100 most talented people at Cambridge. He has travelled to about 50 countries, mainly outside Europe. He grew up in Bath.
Reveal PoisonReveal is a London based Iranian Hip-Hop artist, Ethnomusicologist and writer. He was born in Tehran, Iran in 1983 and moved to London aged 2 with his parents, mainly to escape the Iran-Iraq war. He was raised in inner city London but continued to travel back to Tehran regularly. Having links to such contrasting urban environments has provided him with a sense of dual identity for most of his life. At a young age Reveal began performing Hip-Hop music and releasing songs under the Artsist name "Reveal Poison", and at aged 16 he won the 2000 UK Freestyle Knock-out Battle Rap Championships. He went on to form the group “Poisonous Poets” who were one of the first ever UK Hip-Hop acts to be signed to a major record label, penning a deal with BMG/Arista in 2001. It was around this period that he first became aware of the emerging Persian Hip-Hop scene in Iran and he travelled back to Tehran to begin a series of collaborations with the city's artists. Reveal is currently enrolled on a Mmus Ethnomusicology programme at SOAS where he is studying part-time alongside touring and releasing music.
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